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Computers for the World (C4W)


Computers for the World (also known as c4w) was started in 1998 by Emerald City Rotary Club (Seattle), Garfield High School Interact Students, Rotarians and Technology Teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle.  Student participants are Rotaract and Interact members with technical, linguistic or leadership skills, and the determination to help those in need.  In 2000 this program became a Rotary District 5030 Project. In 2001 the program was expanded to include Ballard High School in Seattle.  Between 2002 and 2004 several new schools were brought into the program, they are: Mount Si High School in North Bend WA, Truman High School in Federal Way WA, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, WA, Skyline in Issaquah, Newport in Bellevue. The Rotary clubs that have been involved in this program are: Sammamish, Issaquah, North Seattle, Mercer Island, Snoqualmie Valley, Kirkland, Federal Way, Rush Hour, West Seattle, Seattle Four, Des Monies, Ballard Rotary, Bellevue Lunch, Bellevue Breakfast and Emerald City Rotary Clubs, and there are many others who have helped with individual projects, supporting the various project teams and c4w.  Many organizations have been involved along the way such as Group Health Cooperative, Premera, Microsoft, the Gates Foundation, Alaska Airlines, Boeing, United Airlines, Rotary International, Seattle Public Schools and many others have contributed to this program.


C4W creates a platform for exchange among people by supplying information technology to the international Community. With this platform, we provide for better learning, communication, and sharing of information and ideas that help people participate in the global community, while simultaneously letting students gain real world experiences in leadership, organization and international relations.


Computers for the World is a multi-location project that:



Takes donated used technology, (computers and peripherals) and reconditions, upgrades and networks by c4w volunteers (mainly Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors)


Delivers and installs those computers in areas-in-need, primarily in the International Community.


Simultaneously provides an international multi-cultural experience to the volunteer participants.


In addition too educational enrichment in technology, project management, project leadership and many interdisciplinary areas.



This program is designed to create an educational medium to educate the students in an interdisciplinary field of technology and education.  This program would create a level of sophistication that would allow students have an interactive multi-educational experience.  Those students could receive technology certifications, and be an integral part of c4w projects that would empower them to have college level job skills, in technology, leadership and project management skills when they graduate from high school.  The substance of the program is to obviate the technical divide and to empower those within the program to be educated for technical high paying skilled employment and other areas were they can us the skills learned in our programs.  This is our c4w mission.


Computers have been sent already to Belize, The Gambia, Colima, Mexico; Gatchina, and Petropavlovsk, Kamchatsky, Gatchina Saratov and Balashov Russia; Tbilisi, Georgia; Ethiopia, Mozambique, Poland, Philippines, Guatemala, India, Navajo Nation and Uganda to serve as teaching tools in rural elementary schools, middle schools, technical universities and orphanages.  The trips to Maputo, Mozambique, Lodz, Poland, and Guatemala City, Guatemala used Rotary Foundation Matching Grant Program. We have many additional requests for technology serving needs throughout the world.


 The C4W Board of Directors has expressed a strong interest in providing computers to locations where the equipment will be used for a significant period of time to better health, education and cultural relations for the people at the receiving site. Accordingly, future C4W trips will likely return to previous projects to service and repair the computers and labs and further develop and expand our programs, will be chosen based upon recommendations from Rotary Clubs, or other reputable organizations. The C4W board will review all proposals and determine if all the requirements are in place at the receiving end. Major businesses in the Seattle area—Group Health Cooperative, Blue Cross, Microsoft, the Gates Foundation, Alaska Air Lines, Boeing, United Airlines, Rotary Seattle Public Schools and many others have contributed computers, software licenses, funds, air miles, etc.. Other businesses will be encouraged to contribute in the future.


PLEASE NOTE: The c4w has produced a guidebook for c4w projects and for other Rotary Clubs to be apart of c4w and our expansion to other Rotary Clubs, schools and communities. C4W has developed procedures for use by sponsoring Interact and Rotary Clubs whom wish to implement this type of international, vocational and community service project. Please contact Rotarians Robin DuBrin, Rosemary Aragon, Charlie Pratt, Dick Ryen, Bob Archey or Andy McDonald, (cell 206-465-4383 Emerald City Rotary Club, Rotary District 5030, Seattle, Washington, or any of the board members.






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